Student experiments – focus is high-level grades 6-8

Multi-year project: LUPT – by students in grades 4-6, with me. We made a periodic table of the chemical elements backlit by 112 programmable LEDs that are tied to 472 student-recorded narrations about the elements’ discoveries, properties, nucleosyntheses, and abundances

  • The full story of the LUPT, as a PDF file.
  • A shorter version, also PDF.
  • A link to the 8-minute video on YouTube.
  • A sample of the narrations.  Remember, these were written and recorded by students in 4th to 6th grade at the time:
    • From the session on nucleosythesis: supernova
    • From the session on elements by atomic number: cerium
    • From the session on discovery of the elements: fluorine
    • From the session on abundance of elements in the human body: calcium; catch the one oversight
    • From the session of abundance of elements in the Earth’s crust: lithium
  • The final Python program we all wrote:
    • As used with our own special logic board, our small TFT display for the user’s options, and the GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi computer
    • A version that uses keyboard input on Windows and that plays narrations, but doesn’t light up LEDs or show on a TFT display.  You can see the program logic
    • A similar version, for Linux
    • Instructions for installing and using Python
  • And, to be sure, a table of contents of the DVD, should you want one.
  • Our logic board

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STEM websites

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